Jason ‘Shrek’ Mold is hoping a stellar showing in today’s PDC Coral UK Open will bring him his very own fairytale ending in darts.
The 43-year-old from Thetford is preparing for his first televised event, taking place at Butlins Minehead Resort in Somerset, where he will battle it out with 138 players including world champion Michael Van Gerwin and current UK open champion Phil Taylor for a chance to scoop a £50,000 windfall.
But for Mold, who booked his place at the championships by winning an 132 strong competitor qualifying event in Norwich, the chance to reacquaint himself with Taylor and make a name for himself is what the Suffolk County A and Walsham-le-Willows ace is relishing.
“This competition could really put me on the map and give me an opportunity to really progress in the world of darts,” he said.
“I’m more excited than nervous because I have nothing to lose and I even have a chance of facing Phil Taylor if I can reach the fourth round.
“I played Phil in an exhibition match at Carrow Road a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I got a taste for it and so my aim is to get to the stage to play him again and once I’m there who knows anything could happen.”
One man Mold is looking at for inspiration is Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last 12 months to find himself currently leading the PDC Betway Premier League tournament.
And having played with Wright, who also finished as runner up in the Ladbrokes World Championships, in the past, Mold is looking to follow his example and become a regular fixture on the PDC tour.
“Peter was given an opportunity, grasped it and took advantage of the chance he was given,” he added.
“I want to make that step into the PDC alongside him and this could be the opportunity I need to make my first steps.”